Man faces 10 years on drug charge

LIHUE — A man who police say had almost 227 grams of methamphetamine faces 10 years in prison.

On Wednesday, Scott K. Burgess, formerly of Kapaa, appeared before Judge Randal Valenciano and pleaded no contest to promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree, which is a Class B felony.

In November 2013, a Kauai grand jury indicted Burgess on various charges arising from the seizure of nearly 227 grams of methamphetamine and related drug paraphernalia from Burgess’s home in August 2013.

Following that bust, Burgess, 59, fled to the Mainland and was subsequently arrested and prosecuted by authorities there for methamphetamine charges.

After serving time for those charges, Burgess was extradited back to Hawaii for prosecution on the Kauai charges.

“Methamphetamine dealers inflict immeasurable damage to the fabric of our community,” said Justin Kollar, prosecuting attorney. “We will continue to do whatever is necessary to vigorously prosecute the predators who sell this poison to our neighbors, friends and family members.”

Burgess will be sentenced on Sept. 28.

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